by Lisa Swallow
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Published by Amazon Digital Services on December 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Source: InkSlinger PR
"Our demons don't want to play but they sure as hell recognise each other"
Three attempts at staying clean after rehab and Jem Jones, Blue Phoenix guitarist, is determined this time he’ll succeed. Haunted by his recent past, Jem throws himself into the one addiction he still has left: his music. With Blue Phoenix on a break, he looks elsewhere for a place to channel his creativity and discovers up-and-coming band Ruby Riot.
For lead singer, Ruby, breaking into the music scene could break the cycle of abuse that’s controlled her life since she was a child. Finding release through music, the growing success of the band has set Ruby on the path to regaining her identity and self-esteem.
Ruby Riot brings Jem and Ruby together but they recognise they have more in common than their passion for music. Can this understanding of each other break down the carefully constructed barriers they’re trapped behind? Or is loving somebody too big a risk to take?
When Jem’s past slams into his present, he has to face the reality behind what made him the man he is and why he hurts the people he wants to love.
And as Ruby reaches out to help Jem, she discovers trying to fix somebody comes with the risk of getting cut by one of their shattered pieces.
Rising is the fourth book in the Blue Phoenix series. It can be read as a standalone but contains minor spoilers for the other books in the series.
Trigger warning: scenes of domestic violence.
Ruby Tuesday ~ The Rolling Stones
Ruby ~ Kaiser Chiefs
November Rain ~ Guns n’ Roses
Madness ~ Muse
One song referenced a few times through the series is ‘Rising’, written by Jem and Dylan. Jem now has some of the lyrics tattooed on his arm. He also mentions the song when he talks to Ruby about a condition they share where they ‘see’ music as colour.
the heat has a way of changing you
as it beats down upon your skin
and just when you think you’re losing again
you find a new way to win
I heard that a storm is coming
and it’s really gonna take its toll
through a rebirth of the person i am
and a transformation of my soul
I was burned alive but now I’m rising
now everyone finds it quite surprising
that I made it without compromising
I was burned alive and now I’m rising
when you travel through the flames
and they scorch you to the core
your old ways are incinerated
by a change you cannot ignore
© Morgan/Jones 2006